Disasters & Accidents

Karen Richards

Prescribed fire is one of the best tools to help prevent major blazes and help restore forest health. And many say we need more prescribed fire, not less. New smoke management rules in Oregon are aimed at changing that. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with OPB's Jes Burns about how the new rules are shifting the dynamic.

Unknown/Brian Bull / KLCC

Heavy winter storms damaged structures at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta this year. And KLCC’s own booth is no exception.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Tuesday marked the official start of the Douglas Forest Protective Association’s fire season.  Backyard debris burning is now banned within the 1.6 million acres in Douglas County covered by the DFPA.  

Bruce Fingerhood / KLCC

The newly-passed Disaster Relief Bill is headed to President Trump’s desk.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, $11 million has been set aside for hazelnut farmers affected by storms in 2018 and 2019.

Jesse Berger / Lane County Public Works

A landfill south of Eugene saw two fires just days apart, recently. Officials aren’t sure of the cause, but suspect lithium batteries are the likeliest culprits. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

A fowl saboteur is behind this morning’s power outage in southeast Eugene.

Marcus Kaufman / Oregon Department of Forestry

Crews are mopping up a 75.6 acre fire that ignited Friday east of Cottage Grove. The Dowens Fire burned one home and is 80 percent contained as of Monday.

Oregon Department of Forestry-South Cascade

A fire that sparked Friday afternoon east of Cottage Grove is 50 percent contained as of Sunday. Officials say the Dowens Fire burned over 75 acres. 

National Weather Service

UPDATE:  The Level 1 Evacuation notification has been cancelled.  But the Lane County Sheriff says residents in the Row River area between Dowens Rd and Shoreview Drive should monitor lanecounty.org for updates. The fire is 10 percent contained. Power in the area has been turned off to protect first responders. The outage area includes the former evacuation area and portions of Sears Rd, Laying Rd, and other nearby roads. Power will be off over night. 

City of Newport

The U.S. Coast Guard is holding a weeklong public inquiry into a deadly commercial fishing boat accident off the Oregon coast. It starts Monday, May 13, in Newport.

Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr.com

With summer approaching, tourism officials are promoting Oregon’s wilderness and recreational opportunities. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re also trying to alleviate fears over wildfire season.

In 2017, wildfires inflicted a $51 million loss to Oregon tourism. Several shutdown popular sites like Cougar Hot Springs and the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, says after back-to-back years of catastrophic wildfires, they’re getting their message out ahead of wildfire season.

Liza Mastranskaya / Flickr.com

Tomorrow through Thursday, a thousand personnel across Oregon will respond to a deliberate – yet hypothetical – release of the plague in Portland.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Works will open new disposal sites for debris that fell during February’s snowstorm. For the next three Saturdays, trees, limbs, and branches will be accepted in Rattlesnake, Marcola, and Oakridge.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The late February snowstorm that hit the region with a foot and a half of snow now has an official price tag: over $17 million in damages to Lane County.

Mark Gunn / Flickr

Lane County’s air quality gets a dismal grade in the latest annual report by the American Lung Association. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, wildfires are to blame.

Oregon Department of Transportation

It was a particularly snowy and wet winter this year.  But a fire official says that doesn’t mean it’ll alleviate the summer’s potential for wildfires.

Camp Lutherwood

A 60 year-old camp’s main lodge burned down last Friday near Fern Ridge Lake. Camp Lutherwood, which hosts schools and youth groups year round, is working hard to rebuild after a tragic electrical fire. 

WIllamette National Forest

Are you, your property, and your neighborhood prepared for wildfire season? That's the focus of an upcoming community information session Wednesday evening in Eugene.

Benton County

Following heavy floods, Benton County declared a state of emergency Thursday. This allows the county to be reimbursed from the state for the extra personnel hours and infrastructure damage.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Recent extreme weather and other factors have caused a blood shortage across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, demand for donors is high.

Lane County Sheriff

Despite some sunbreaks today, more rain is expected. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office urges people to stay out of flood waters.

City of Eugene

The Willamette Valley has been pummeled with an unusual rain storm. It’s caused flooding and downed trees and spurred evacuations along the Row River and Coast Fork of the Willamette.

American Red Cross

A Level 3 Evacuation Notice has been issued for residents living in the Row River and Coast Fork 100-year floodplains.

Jaycob McFarland

A Eugene family visiting Oakridge this weekend is stuck there, after a landslide closed off Highway 58.

National Weather Service

Area rivers are swollen and continue to rise Monday.  The National Weather Service reports that, as of 10:15 am Monday, the Coast Fork of the Willamette river at Goshen was at 15.69 feet. The flood stage is 13 feet.

Lane County Emergency Management is closely monitoring river levels and evacuation orders have been issued for residents who live within the 100-year floodplains of Row River and the Coast fork of the Willamette River between Dorena Reservoir and Mt. Pisgah.

Brian Bull / KLCC

An earthquake preparedness program drew nearly 200 people to South Eugene High School last night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the essentials of surviving a Cascadian event was the focus.

Douglas Electric Co-op

It’s been just about a month since southwest Oregon was hit with a historic snowfall that put thousands of people in the dark for many days. Douglas County Electric Cooperative was hit especially hard.

Oregon Office Of State Fire Marshal

A mid-March blaze that forced evacuations in Oregon is a reminder that the most active part of wildfire season is still to come. 

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

Lane County will re-open some trails on Mt. Pisgah on Saturday, after the park was closed for nearly 3 weeks.